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Sep 23, 2010 6:30pm EDT
about 9/11, and a white house source tells abc news president obama found those theories deeply offensive, and all the more inappropriate to have been made so close to where the world trade center once stood. in his speech to the united nations today, the president underlined that he wants to end the conflict with iran through peaceful means. >> the united states and the international community seek a resolution to our differences with iran. and the door remains open to diplomacy, should iran choose to walk through it. >> reporter: but just a few hours later, the iranian president seemed to slam that door shut. president ahmadinejad questioned the facts about the 9/11 attacks, referring to a coverup. he said most people believe that "some segments within the u.s. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining american economy, and to save the zionist regime." israel. it was at this precise moment that the u.s. delegation and others walked out. the u.s. mission to the u.n. issued a statement saying "rather than representing the aspirations and goodwill of the iranian
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Sep 29, 2010 6:30pm EDT
the test tell abc news, it's unlikely the result of the blast would have taken down any building, it would have killed more than 100. investigators believe glass and twisted metal would have formed a spray of deadly shrapnel. shahzad was today portrayed as cold blooded and calculated p. court documents say he was regularly in contact with the taliban h. exchanging information about the bomb he was building. the people in times square were lucky shahzad was incompetent. used the wrong bomb making material and faulty detonators. today we learned he was to set off another bomb if he got away with the first one but don't know where. >> pierre thomas, thank you for reporting tonight. >>> we just got a fascinating new portrait of who we are in america, how we've changed our daily lives in this recession, everything from marriage to moving. numbers from the census bureau and stories behind them from sharon a sharyn alfonsi. >> reporter: the american dream of a home and family to fill it, just one of the casualties of the recession. the number of married couples, now at a record low. and
ABC
Sep 23, 2010 3:05am EDT
? >> reporter: all we got was silence. david kerley, abc news, washington. >>> there is a new theory being offered about the sinking of "the titanic." it comes from the granddaughter of the most senior officer to survive the disaster. because of a steering error. she claims it sank because the captain continued sailing instead of stopping the ship. the officer's granddaughter just made the claims public in her new book. >>> here's your thursday forecast. hail and gusty winds in southern minnesota, omaha, des moines, and kansas city. heavy rain and flooding from the dakotas to wisconsin. showers from san antonio to new orleans. thunderstorms from phoenix to el paso. >> mostly 70s from albuquerque to boise. a cool 56 in fargo. 72 in the twin cities. 82 in detroit. almost 70 in boston. 80 here in new york. a summer-like 88 in baltimore. near record highs in the southeast. >>> on this first day of fall, no less, a gargantuan discovery is upstaging the largest home in america. >> what is that, you ask? it's a mushroom of all things. it's a mammoth mushroom to say the least, found on the grounds
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Sep 28, 2010 2:35am EDT
body parts as souven souvenirs. on a tape obtained by abc news, corporal jeremy morelock, also charges with murder, told army investigators sergeant gibbs was crazy, that no one could tell him no. >> you don't want to cross gibbs ever, at all. >> reporter: it is shades of vietnam, including allegations that soldiers at the base regularly use drugs, hashish laced with opium, to deal with the stress of their lives in afghanistan. >> fact is, stressful days. >> reporter: the military now confirms it is investigating the allegati allegations that the parents of adam winfield tried back in february to warn the army, that both innocent afghan civilians and u.s. soldiers were being put at risk. brian ross, abc news, new york. >>> the fallout from the merger of southwest and air tran airways could impact travel in most of the nation. southwest is buying air tran for nearly $1.5 billion. the deal opens the way for southwest to move into 37 new cities, including atlanta, and will increase its presence in both new york and boston as well. southwest says it will drop air tran's baggage fees. >> a
ABC
Sep 7, 2010 4:00am PDT
america this morning. >> get more from abc news, later on "good morning america" or anytime at abcnews.com. on this tuesday, september 7th. >> growing dissatisfaction of our now poll shows americans more unsatisfied with president obama's handling of the economy, as he rolls out more proposals to boost hiring. >>> rising tensions. a top general in afghanistan says a pastor's plan to burn a koran on 9/11, a putting american troops in danger. >>> if princes harry and william are now safe from hackers, is anyone? >>> and good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm meg oliver. vinita is off this morning. the president is set to reveal another new proposal to help the sagging economy. this one would use tax breaks to benefit businesses and corporations. >> but a new abc news poll released overnight shows what a daunting challenge democrats face heading into midterm elections. emily schmidt is joining us from washington with the latest numbers. >> reporter: this poll is filled with a lot of firsts. abc news/"washington post" poll that shows 92% of ame
ABC
Sep 23, 2010 2:35am EDT
modern lasik. nevertheless, the fda is now reviewing the procedure. elisabeth leamy, abc news, washington. >> interesting, always a hot new trend comes out, particularly in the medical world, people jump on it for years, years down the line they study, follow up on it, always seems to be a problem that creeps up that we didn't know about what it was the hot rage everyone was going for. >> i think they're saying 90% of people who have lasik have excellent results. it is those 10% of people who have to continue wearing glasses that it's not fair, it's not good. >> it's not good, thank god for these contacts. >> underage girls lured into selling sex. >> how the sex trade put one city on the map. >>> now a look into the world of child sex trafficking here in america. suburbs, not big cities, are now the major hubs for these crimes. >> in portland, oregon, girls as young as 12 are being lured into prostitution. sharyn alfonsi investigates. >> reporter: we are on portland's 82nd avenue. they call it the tracks. police believe there are as many as 100 underage girls here, working the streets, th
ABC
Sep 21, 2010 3:05am EDT
has to decide if the fish will even carry a special label. lisa stark, abc news, washington. >> certainly is interesting. could be the beginning of a lot of things in the supermarket. man on radio: mission is a go. you are good to go. so, have you made your decision yet? yeah, i think so. the wishes of thousands of children are waiting to come true. you can make it happen. find out how today at wish.org. >>> welcome back, everybody. well, the times as rough as they are right now, many families are looking for ways to cut costs around the home. just through tiny changes you can save pretty big on energy. giz wiz dick debartolo shows us new high-tech options. these things can go a long way to saving you big money on energy. >> general electric this week announced in the u.s., no more incandescent bulbs. >> wow. timely. >> exactly. hopefully everybody has switched to compact fluorescents. now when these first came out they were $25 to $35. now they're a buck or two. the newest is l.e.d. lighting. this is an l.e.d. light from c. crane. they're expensive to start, $25 to $55. >>
ABC
Sep 21, 2010 2:05am PDT
quietly buy up the faulty motrin without alerting the public. abc news found lynn walter, one of the contractors hired by an inventory company. they gave him written instructions detailing this assignment. you should simply act like a regular customer while making these purchases. there must be no mention of this being a recall of the product. run in, find the product, make your purchase, and run out. >> usually, the only thing that was said was, that's quite a bit of motrin, what are you going to do with that? and i said, i'd like to purchase this motrin. >> reporter: walter's concerns eventually made to it congress. initially at the hearings a johnson & johnson executive said they weren't behind this. that they were simply doing an audit to find out where these faulty pills had ended up. >> i don't believe there was any intent to mislead or hide anything. >> reporter: but e-mails obtained by abc news reveal senior executives at johnson & johnson subsidiary mcneil coordinated the $400,000 secret motrin purchase program from the very beginning. they wrote, "do not communicate to
ABC
Sep 27, 2010 3:05am EDT
charge. miguel marquez, abc news, afghanistan. >>> the hunt continues for three men who pulled off a dramatic bank robbery in south florida. investigators got a break this weekend when the car used in the heist was found in coble gables. it began last week when three thieves burst inn a bank teller's apartment at gun point. they placed a bomb on the teller's body and forced him to withdraw a large amount of money. sources tell abc news the bomb was a fake. >>> federal authorities are looking into a landing gear problem that resulted in a very frightening flight. video taken saturday night by a passenger on a delta flight captured the moments before the plarn made an emergency landing. sparks were seen out the window when the flight from atlanta to white plains, new york, was diverted to jfk airport. the pilot was praised, as was the air traffic controller. >> you were lucky. the controller actually working that airplane last night is eight weeks away from retirement. and he's been working airplanes for 29 years. i mean, we couldn't have asked for a better person to be in that positio
ABC
Sep 13, 2010 6:30pm EDT
companies know where pipelines are buried, but residents might not. barbara pinto, abc news, chicago. >> and one tip for homeowners, natural gas leaks smell like rotten eggs. if you want to learn about other clues, head to abcnews.com/worldnews. >>> and we move on now to the election just 50 days away shaping up as a giant showdown about job, the middle class and taxes. not only is the republicans taking on the president, the republicans and democrats are now fighting among themselves. jake tapper is at the white house. >> reporter: the president met with middle class voters in fairfax, virginia, today. >> i'm a massage therapist. >> i've got a crick in my neck. >> i bet you do. >> reporter: there he continued to push the idea that republicans have a stranglehold on a middle class tax cut and are holding it hostage until it's extended to wealthier americans as well. >> because wages and incomes had flat lined for middle class families, they should definitely get an extension of the tax cuts that were instituted in 2001, 3. >> reporter: over the weekend, house republican leader john b
ABC
Sep 21, 2010 2:35am EDT
cause drivers to think twice. lisa stark, abc news, rockville, maryland. >>> talk about just in the nick of time. this story out of croatia. a man was stranded on his boat in a fast-flowing, rain-zone river over the weekend. after hours of trying to save him a rescuer from a helicopter dragged him off just as the boat began to sink. just moments later the boat was gone. everyone made it to land safely. lucky. >>> here is a look at your weather. another wet day in south texas. heavy rain and flooding from austin to corpus christi. wet and windy with golf ball-sized hail from ohm to milwaukee. morning frost advisories in upstate new york and new england. >> 69 in boston. 77 in baltimore. 89 in miami. dallas 90. kansas city 85. minneapolis 73. 60s in the pacific northwest. 78 in sacramento. and 81 in salt lake city. >>> this is a follow-up to an incredible story. it's an example of just unstoppable drive. a monumental accomplishment by a california man against all of the odds in front of him. >> no kidding. steve waffler has cerebral palsy but that did not stop him from climbing his wa
ABC
Sep 6, 2010 2:05am EDT
, abc news. >>> nova scotia is still in cleanup mode this morning after getting battered by tropical storm earl. >> earl was no longer a hurricane by the time it made landfall saturday morning but heavy rain and winds toppled trees, knocked out power to 250,000 people all in canada. earl is being blamed for one death, a man who drowned off of halifax while trying to secure his boat. >>> here's your labor day forecast. stormy in the middle of the country. 80-mile-an-hour winds, large hail, isolated tornados from minnesota to kansas. windy in the dakotas, montana and wyoming. heavy rain across southern texas. showers in the pacific northwest. >> 60s in seattle, billings and fargo. 71 in salt lake city. 81 in colorado springs. mostly 80s across the midwest. 78 in boston. and 88 in atlanta. >>> it looks like the san diego bay is getting a visit from the pirates of the caribbean. >> people in southern california enjoying the festival of sail this labor day weekend. more than a dozen tall ships from around the world have san diego. >> visitors can explore those vessels, take a little bit o
ABC
Sep 7, 2010 3:05am EDT
. the adult services section was expected to bring in $45 million this year. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >>> top u.s. military commanders in afghanistan are warning that plans by a florida church to burn copies of the koran could endanger the lives of american soldiers. that warning comes amid angry anti-american protests in afghanistan. demonstrators are enraged at the announcement of the planned koran burning which will coincide with the commemoration of the 9/11 attacks this weekend. the gainesville church has been denied a permit for the bonfire but says it will go ahead with it anyway. >>> investigators in west virginia are trying to figure out the cause of a fire which killed 27 race horses. four barns near the racetrack in charles town burned to the ground. workers described a frantic scene as they tried to pull horses to safety as the fire spread. they were able to save nearly 30 of the animals. >>> san francisco police have arrested a daredevil climber who managed to scale a 58-story downtown building. stuntman dan goodwin, also known as skyscraper man, managed to climb up
ABC
Sep 27, 2010 2:05am EDT
hit at least five states. john hendren, abc news, the white house. >>> the fbi says the car used in dramatic south florida bank robbery has now been found. investigators will begin going over the car today. strapped what they said was a bomb to a bank teller's chest. then they made him withdraw a large sum of money. abc news has learned the bomb turned out to be a fake. >>> a vacation ended in tragedy for a busload of tourists from at least 12 people were killed when their bus apparently crashed into a bridge support on a joer man highway near berlin. dozens of people were also hurt. police say the bus was forced off the highway by a car which was trying to merge. the group was returning home after a trip to spain. >>> south korean automaker hyundai is recall something popular new cars. steering wheel defects in its sonata sedans forced the recall. they love 2011 models built before september 10th. no crashes or injuries have been reported. owners should take their cars to the dealer for inspection or repairs. >>> it was not the usual sunday sermon at one of the nation's largest chu
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Sep 30, 2010 6:30pm EDT
working. jim hoffer, abc news, new york. >>> and our thanks to wabc. >>> and still ahead on "world news," you responded with a wave of emotion. we told you about a boy who loved his violin. tonight, more on the secret roommate camera, and your response to his suicide. >>> and, the big star of the big screen leaves the stage. >>> and, if you want to keep jobs here in the u.s., see what bill weir found in his hometown. sure sounds good for all of us on medicare. starting next year, we'll get free check-ups, cancer screenings, lower prescription costs. and better ways to protect us and medicare from fraud, so it will stay strong for our kids and grandkids. now, that's music to my ears. ♪ [ commearlier, she hady vonn! an all-over achy cold... now, that's music to my ears. what's her advantage? it's speedy alka-seltzer! [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus rushes relief for all-over achy colds. the official cold medicine of the u.s. ski team. alka-seltzer plus. [ but aleve can last 12 hours. tylenol 8 hour lasts 8 hours. and aleve was proven to work better on pain than tylenol 8 hour. so w
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Sep 8, 2010 6:30pm EDT
, but a large number of small businesses. jonathan karl, abc news, washington. >>> and after delivering today's speech, the president sat down with george stephanopoulos to talk about those tough approval polls, and what will happen in november. >> my challenge and the challenge of every democratic candidate who is out there is just making sure that people understand there's a choice here. if the election is a referendum on -- are people satisfied about the economy as it currently is, then we're not going to do well, because, i think, everybody feels like this economy needs to do better than it has been doing. >> reporter: and you can see a lot more of george's interview with the president tomorrow on "good morning america." >>> the chorus of voices grew louder today denouncing that florida pastor who plans to burn the koran on saturday. the anniversary of 9/11. and, as we told you last night, terry jones' church has only a couple of dozen members, but tonight, this is the news. not only is billy graham's son franklin trying to reach out to him, so is sarah palin. and, we have a new pol
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Sep 8, 2010 5:30pm PDT
conference i thought. >> a little different. >> thanks for joining us. world news is next. i'm cheryl jenning autos hope to see you >>> tonight on "world news," the fight is on. the campaign showdown on taxes and the economy. as the president calls out republicans by name. >>> and they are under water in parts of texas, swamped by a foot of rain from hermine. rescues at the last minute. >>> "world news" investigates. what if translators for u.s. soldiers in afghanistan only pretended to know the language? the wrong world can be fatal. brian ross is here. >>> and getting answers on your health. dr. oz talks about his cancer scare. we ask more questions about preventing cancer for everyone. >>> and here east's a dancing d. new scientific proof how you can be a star when your friends go dancing. >>> good evening. it will be the big battle to the finish line in november, and this is the question -- how big a tax cut will you get next year? and should taxes increase on the wealthiest americans? we have an exclusive interview with the president tonight. he walked into the lion's den today, challenging republicans on taxes and the economy. the republicans quick to fire back. we get the whole story starting with jake tapper at the white house. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. well, that's right. president obama's speech in cleveland today, he laid out some economic proposals, but mainly the speech seemed focused on making sure that the midterm elections are not a referendum on him and the democrats but rather a choice between two competing visions. president obama came to cleveland, ohio, today to kick off the election season. >> we've got some business to do today. >> reporter: reusing the same campaign themes that worked for him two years ago to contrast himself with republicans. >> unity instead of division. hope instead of fear. it's still fear versus hope. the past versus the future. that's what this election is about. that's the choice you will face in november. >> reporter: one major choice is about the bush tax cuts which are set to expire at the end of the year. president obama wants to extend them for everyone who earns under $200,000 a year, or $250,000 for families. republicans want to extend them for everyone, including wealthier americans. >> what i will do is help small businesses who have no clue what the coming tax rates are going to be. gives them some certainty. >> they would have us borrow $700 billion over the next ten years to give a tax cut of about $100,000, each, to folks who are already millionaires. >> reporter: the president has been going after house minority leader john boehner for days now. >> the republican who thinks he's going to take over as speaker -- i'm just saying, that's his opinion. he's entitled to his opinion. >> reporter: today, the president mentioned him by name eight times. >> mr. boehner. mr. boehner. mr. boehner. mr. boehner. >> reporter: he's trying to make boehner, a republican house leader during the bush years, his de facto republican opponent. seizing on a speech boehner gave just over two weeks ago. >> there were no new ideas. there was just the same philosophy that we had already tried during the decade that they were in power. >> reporter: and diane, president obama was full of praise for some republicans today -- reagan, eisenhower, lincoln. all of whom are dead. he called those great leaders, and suggested the current crop of republicans is not. diane? >> well, thank you, jake. and as you just told us, the white house does argue that this is the choice. either america borrows $700 billion or increases taxes on the wealthy to get that money. but republicans say raising taxes even on the wealthy will hurt too many small businesses, and that will stall the creation of jobs. so who's right? we asked jonathan karl to check the facts. >> reporter: republicans claim raising taxes on those earning more than $200,000 a year would hurt small businesses. are they right? well, drew greenblatt has a wire basket company in baltimore that employs 30 people. he says raising the top rates would cost his company $20,000 to $40,000 next year. >> well, this is going to pull cash out of our company, so we're going to have less money to invest. >> reporter: he gets hit because his company's profits exceed $200,000 and are declared on his personal tax return. he's not alone. ray pinard owns a commercial printing company in boston that employs 95 people. if these tax rates go up, how much does that cost you next year? >> probably in the area of $120,000. >> reporter: how many jobs will that mean you may have to lose? >> it would be a minimum of two, up to probably four. >> reporter: but democrats say only a tiny fraction of small businesses would be affected. that's true. according to the tax policy center, which says only 2.5% of small businesses would see their taxes go up. so, 2.5%. we asked the center for tax policy how many small businesses that is. their answer? 894,000 small businesses that would see their taxes go up. a small percentage, but a large number of small businesses. jonathan karl, abc news, washington. >>> and after delivering today's speech, the president sat down with george stephanopoulos to talk about those tough approval polls and what will happen in november. >> my challenge and the challenge of every democratic candidate who's out there is just making sure the people understand there's a choice here. if the election is a referendum on, are people satisfied about the economy as it currently is, then we're not going to do well, because i think everybody feels like this economy needs to do better than it has been doing. >> and you can see a lot more of george's interview with the president tomorrow on "good morning america." >>> the chorus of voices grew louder today denouncing that florida pastor who plans to burn the koran on saturday. the anniversary of 9/11. and, as we told you last night, terry jones' church has only a couple of dozen members, but tonight, this is the news. not only is billy graham's son franklin trying to reach out to him, so is sarah palin. and, we have a new poll showing what americans really think and know about islam. here's terry moran. >> reporter: he was at it again today, the lanky hardscrabble preacher people around the world now listening to pastor terry jones' every word. >> so as of right now, we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing. >> reporter: late today, sarah palin tweeted her opposition. writing, "please stand down." and long-time televangelist pat robertson blasted pastor jones this morning. >> imagine a pastor that is so egotistical that he would sacrifice the lives of missionaries and soldiers to go forward with something. this is so stupid. >> reporter: and abc news has learned that evangelical leader franklin graham has reached out to jones to try to dissuade him. so have others. today, in a remarkable development, a local muslim leader paid a visit to jones at his church, and offered him friendship to diffuse this. >> and i said, i'll stand with you. i will talk to the muslim world. i will defend you as my neighbor, regardless of your faith. i think he was very receptive to that message. >> reporter: still, jones vows to go forward, convinced he speaks for many americans. a brand new abc news poll confirms some disturbing facts. 26% of americans admit to feelings of prejudice against muslims. and only 54% of americans see islam as a peaceful religion. 31% say mainstream islam encourages violence against nonmuslims. still, terry jones seems to have crossed a line. a line that is clear to so many christians, like pastor dan johnson of the trinity united methodist church in gainesville. from a christian standpoint, what's wrong with burning a koran? >> from a christian perspective, we are taught in our scriptures to honor, love and respect other people and treat them as we would want to be treated. >> reporter: but that vision of christianity is a far cry from what terry jones professes. terry moran, abc news. >>> and next week, we're going to start a "world news" series, answering the most pointed and important questions about islam. so, please give us your questions at our website, abcnews.com/worldnews, and we will address them. >>> flood warnings are up in texas and oklahoma tonight, a dangerous situation with water rising fast after tropical storm hermine dumped more than a foot of rain in some places. at least two people have been killed. many others left stranded, waiting to be rescued. and abc was there. here's ryan owens from dallas. >> it's getting higher. please get me out! >> reporter: the flash floods stranded dozens of residents of this arlington, texas, apartment complex this morning. >> you have to go upstairs for me, all right? >> reporter: the rising water carried off cars and cut off people from their families. >> said the water was up to his knees. >> reporter: firefighters used ladders to bring residents to safety. they also managed to save a few family pets. >> it came up so fast, it was -- everybody is asking me, why didn't you leave? why didn't you leave? it was just -- it was in the blink of an eye, how quick it went up. >> there you go. >> reporter: she wasn't the only one surprised. large portions of texas, from austin to dallas, saw a foot of rain, all more than 36 hours after hermine made landfall, 500 miles to the south. >> reporter: tonight, what's left of hermooin spawned off to dallas, including this one very close to downtown dallas. oklahoma is next, but much of the midwest will feel her wrath by the end of the week. ryan owens, abc news, dallas. >>> and, onto colorado now, where at least four people are missing west of boulder, where a huge wildfire is burning out of control for a second night. thousands of people have fled their homes. and 300 firefighters are dealing with flames, even rattlesnakes. clayton sandell is in boulder again tonight, where our team got the first look at the homes damaged by fire. >> reporter: in the air and on the ground, the fight continues. we had our first look inside the fire zone today. and found a land of charred destruction. authorities worry there may be victims among this rubble. four residents are still missing. >> many of those are people who didn't evacuate. >> reporter: to give you an idea of how fast this fire was moving, i'm standing in what's left of a burned-out fire station. the fire truck never made it out. when the blaze started, radio calls captured firefighter's fear that this was something big. >> we have a fully involved fire. i have trees torching. get gold hill fire out now. >> reporter: still, on the eastern edge of this fire, we found anne and sandy butterfield ignoring evacuation orders to defend their home. >> i don't think this is a smart thing to do for everyone. and it may not be a smart thing for us to do. >> reporter: they are packed and ready to escape, knowing this fire is still out of control. clayton sandell, abc news, boulder. >>> and now, "world news" investigates. it's a frightening possibility. you're in war in afghanistan, and the translator guarding you and guiding you is only pretending to know the local language. the languages in that country are complicated, at best, but now a whistle blower has come forward, alleging that a big private contractor is faking the competence of some of its translators. which can risk lives. here's chief investigative correspondent brian ross. >> reporter: a british journalist caught this failure to communicate in 2008, in an exchange between a village elder and u.s. army translator about security. "i just told you, there is no security here. we've yet to see any security around here." >> we are fine. we have no problems here. >> reporter: exactly the opposite of what the villager had said. u.s. soldiers in afghanistan rely heavily on private translators, who can earn as much as $210,000 a year. since 2007, most of the army's afghan translators, though not the one in that tape, have been recruited by one u.s. company, called mission essential personnel. the company runs tv ads to recruit translators, under an army contract worth up to $1.4 billion. the more translators they recruit, the more they make. and now a former official says in a lawsuit that the company knowingly sent unqualified translators overseas. >> i determined that someone, and i didn't know at that time, was changing the grades from blanks or zeros to passing grades. >> reporter: paul funk claims company documents show at least a fourth of the translators failed to hit the marks required on language skill tests. three or under should mean failure, according to the army contract. but funk says that often did not happen. >> they were deployed. >> reporter: it's no secret that bad translators can pose a risk to soldiers and their mission. in this case, the translator enflames the situation when he seems to make up an answer to a critical question. >> when was the last time they saw them? >> i ask him, he says one year ago. >> oh, for [ bleep ] sake, are you kidding me? hey, tell him he's [ bleep ]. >> reporter: thanks to the translator, each side parts angry at the other. >> i [ bleep ] hate this town. >> reporter: in a written statement, mission essential personnel said the whistle blower's allegations are false, and that the company is an american success story. as for the army, they told us today, they could not comment because the company is under a military investigation into the alleged fraud, diane. >> okay, brian ross, thank you tonight. >>> and still ahead on "world news," dr. mehmet oz has a cancer scare, and we decide to get answers about what his experience teaches the rest of us. >>> and what if science could make us less embarrassing on the dance floor? we have an answer tonight. ♪ [ male announcer ] at ge capital, we're out there every day with clients like jetblue -- financing their fleet, sharing our expertise, and working with people who are changing the face of business in america. after 25 years in the aviation business, i kind of feel like if you're not having fun at what you do, then you've got the wrong job. my landing was better than yours. no, it wasn't. yes, it was. was not. yes, it was. what do you think? 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>> reporter: that's a collection of cells that may develop into colon cancer over time. keep in mind, dr. oz is fay lousily healthy, preaching healthy living in his books and on his tv show. he's 50. the recommended age for getting a colonoscopy. but oz admits he would have waited a decade without his tv show. he spoke to robin roberts this morning. >> i feel so humbled by it, ashamed, even, that this whole process happened, and i procrastinated, like a lot of guys do. >> reporter: colon cancer is one of the deadliest cancers. second only to lung cancer. but one of the most preventable and detectable. that is because it's a slow-growing cancer that can take decades to fully develop. which allows doctors the rare opportunity to see early changes in cells before they are truly deadly. and remove them. but 22 million people in the recommended screening group, everyone ages 50 to 75, do not get tested. if they did, it's estimated that as many as 25,000 lives a year would be saved. >> so the real takeaway message for everyone here is, and it was true for you, robin, you can do all the right things, and you are dealt cards that sometimes aren't the ones that you expected. >> 25,000 lives saved by getting tested, age 50. >> reporter: incredible. >> but it had already begun to develop. should he have been tested before the age of 50? >> reporter: 50 is the right age for most people. if you have a family history of colon cancer, or certain medical conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, you should be tested sooner. one of the incredible things about this type of cancer, it grows so slowly that detecting it early is a cure. >> you're good with 50? >> reporter: i'm great with 50. >> have you had yours? >> reporter: i had mine last month when i was still 50. >> and the experience, tell everyone out there. >> reporter: it wasn't that bad. you hear stories, but it really wasn't so bad and i slept so much better having had it done. >> that's right. and i want to weigh in and say exactly the same thing. in fact, join the community out there, everybody, of people who laugh about the experience. it's really going to save lives if you do. thank you, rich. >> and on abcnews.com/worldnews, rich will have more advice on all of this. >>> still ahead, bp's investigation of the gulf disaster. what do they now say was the cause? 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[ woman laughs ] [ vonetta ] it is countdown to marshmallow time. vo:well, you could new enever do this before.? >> hello? vo: or this. or this. and you definitely couldn't do this. >> play kate's mix. vo: or this. >> temperature 72 degrees. vo: say hello to the new edge with myford touch.™ quite possibly the world's smartest crossover. >>> and finally, science has tackled a serious problem, and conquered it for men. what it takes to go out dancing with your friends and impress the girls in the crowd. here's our nick watt in london. >> reporter: presley, travolta, hammer. any man who can cut the rug will get attention from the ladies. look at swayze in "dirty dancing." some english scientists finally figured out why. >> a bad dancers is someone who engages in very rigid stereotypical movements. good dancers are guys who are making lots of variable movements. >> reporter: they know this because they made 19 dudes dance for their camera. and 37 heterosexual women rated their grooves. named their favorite dance body parts. >> movement of the head, the neck and upper body that seem to signify a good dancer. >> reporter: apparently good dancing demonstrates something called "functional viability" which means that you've got the good core strength, you're muscular, you're healthy, and it means, i suppose, that you're capable of having kids and raising them. you see it in nature, vulgar displays to prove virility. >> we thing that exactly the same thing is happening in humans. >> reporter: down in the dance studio, they say confidence is actually the key. >> that's the basics of it. if you think you're the bomb, then you're okay. you put a bit of swagger and confidence then it's cool. >> reporter: does it matter to you if a guy can dance? >> most of the time, yes. >> reporter: what does that mean, most of the time? does that mean you've gone out with some bad dancers? >> yes. >> reporter: so there is hope for all you guys out there with two left feet. and another thing -- any klutz can be taught how to dance. >> you got the prove. >> reporter: nick watt, abc news, london. >> nick watt, dancing king. hope you have a great night, we'll be back tomorrow. hope >>> looking inside from sky 7 hd. an accident caused by a runway dump truck. >> the fight over fighting furloughs reaches california's highest kurt. and a local elementary school can't pay the bills. claim it on a budget now 70 days overdue. >> and tonight the environmental activist makes a plea to the local fbi. >> good evening, we're going to begin with a big traffic mess in oakland. sky 7 is live over the scene. and as you can see this is where a dump truck caused a massive wreck here at least 13 vehicles involved. it's happening along grand avenue off ramp to he interstate 580. >> now that ramp has withi within -- been closed and investigators try to piece together what happened here, we understand three people have been taken topt hospital. others refused treatment on the scene. >> on the phone with us is officer holly josie of the oakland police department. what can you tell us? >> yes. i can tell you so far is that this is a major accident.
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tells abc news tonight the feds should be thanking him. >>> the whistle blowers and those tainted eggs. tonight, what they saw and what they warned. >>> and, did you see the unlikely star who stood up right in the middle of the emmys this week again and again and again? tonight, she stands up right here as our "person of the week." >>> and good evening on this friday night. that unwelcome holiday guest, hurricane earl on the move right now. monster winds and driving rains. here's the track. now moving up the coast of new england. earl reaching speeds up to 85 miles an hour today. 25 million people still in its path. here are the live pictures coming in right now. huge waves this evening and the ocean churning, and john berman is live in new york. john, good evening to you. >> reporter: good evening, david. well, the ewe of the storm right now is about 150 miles that way, and as you can see, it's kicking up pretty serious waves here. the highest waves at this beach today were about 15 feet. they have come crashing all the way to where i'm standing right now. this is normally a pretty wi
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>>>tonight on "world news," the hurricane on the move. where earl is right now, and why so many americans traveling through new england are on alert. we're along the coast tonight. >>> more jobs lost, and the president just today taking the republicans on. are they standing in the way? >>> the feds take aim at the controversial sheriff at the center of the immigration storm. and that sheriff tells abc news tonight the feds should be thanking him. >>> the whistle blowers and those tainted eggs. tonight, what they saw and what they warned. >>> and, did you see the unlikely star who stood up right in the middle of the emmys this week again and again and again? tonight, she stands up right here as our "person of the week." >>> and good evening on this friday night. that unwelcome holiday guest, hurricane earl on the move right now. monster winds and driving rains. here's the track. now moving up the coast of new england. earl reaching speeds up to 85 miles an hour today. 25 million people still in its path. here are the live pictures coming in right now. huge waves this evening and the ocean churning, and john berman is live in new york. john, good evening to you. >> reporter: good evening, david. well, the ewe of the storm right now is about 150 miles that way, and as you can see, it's kicking up pretty serious waves here. the highest waves at this beach today were about 15 feet. they have come crashing all the way to where i'm standing right now. this is normally a pretty wide beach. now nothing here at all. they have shut down the trains to this part of long island no more ferry service here. they're expecting top winds to reach 50 miles an hour. going to get rain here. but the real issue, the waves. david, there's only one way in and oument of this part of long island. i noticed all the cars were still coming this way from new york city, so, people not scared to come spend the holiday weekend here, even with this weather. david? >> very soaked john berman, prooch that earl has arrived. we want to move north to cape cod, massachusetts, the calm before the storm there, and linsey davis on the beach there. good evening to you. >> reporter: good evening, david. earl is expected to hit cape cod later on tonight, as a category 1 hurricane. still, david, a very serious storm. eastern massachusetts is bracing itself. >> the threat to the public remains through tonight. >> the governor says they're prepared. utility crews are at the ready. the state even recruited inmates to fill sandbags. >> we have gone from 3 to a category 1 hurricane. >> reporter: this is the strongest hurricane to threaten new england since hurricane bob killed 20 people in 1991. the worst of earl is expected to hit here, cape cod, massachusetts. recently named one of the top ten labor day december nargss. the popular resort area has a year-round population of more than 200,000 people. the island normally swells by 50,000 this weekend, but the chamber of commerce says they've lost about 10% of that to earl. jordan waited until this morning to evacuate. >> we just didn't feel like it was safe, just in case they close the bridges to the cape. >> reporter: now, the bridges remain open to the main land. they'll only close if the winds exceed 70 miles an hour. but david, that's still very possible. >> we see the fog rolling in there. linsey davis, thank you. >>> this morning, we woke up and many of the headlines were that the carolinas dodged a bullet. but then the pictures started coming in. steve osunsami rode out the worst of the storm in knacks head, north carolina. >> reporter: the storm passed within 85 miles of the outer banks, in the middle of the night, with five feet of storm surge in some places and wind speeds that reached more than 80 miles an hour. it's midnight and the storm is moving in. we were in the thick of it. at midnight, at 2:00 a.m., and just before sunrise, when the winds howled. it's pretty strong. streets flooded, a few buildings were damaged, power lines had to be repaired. but in the words of north carolina's governor today -- >> we dodged a bullet, purely and simply. >> reporter: today, many residents who evacuated were allowed to come home. >> just a lot of wind and rain. >> it's not as bad as it could have been, it could have been a lot worse. >> reporter: at hurricane mo's, mo opened for business, but the evacuation means fewer customers this labor day weekend. >> it's going to put a hurting on us. >> reporter: there is a feeling here of relief that no one was hurt and that everyone will here will bounce back quickly. david? >> steve osunsami. >>> the national hurricane center is tracking earl as we move into this holiday weekend. and so we turn to bill read again tonight, the head of the national hurricane center. bill, where is earl right now and how long before we're out of the woods on this? >> right now, earl is south of new england and moving northeast at over 20 miles an hour. it will speed up overnight, come just south of nantucket and cape cod, and then move off into the canadian maritimes during the day on saturday. so, after people get up saturday morning, the skies are going to start clearing. >> that is the good news. you told me earlier that you have your eye on several systems already in the pipeline. >> this is the wave that with us gaston. another wave that came off of africa yesterday. these are ones that we are watching for potential development. and you can see the clusers of storms making their way from east to west across africa. once they come out in the tropical atlantic, we'll have a better feel as to whether they become an issue or not. >> bill read, thank you. and, of course, not in the clear from earl yet. >>> but we do turn now to the political storm brewing in washington over the new jobs numbers out today. this country lost another 54,000 jobs in august, and the president today took on the republicans, saying they're the ones blocking help for small business. that, in a moment, but first, the numbers. word that the nation's employ r employeers cut another 54,000 jobs in august, marks the third month in a row that this country has seen a net los of jobs. but some economists say there is still a silver lining. if you take away the 115,000 temporary jobs, a slightly different picture. the private sector actually adding 76,000 workers in august. health care and construction leading the way. and that comes after the pry vac sector added 107,000 in just, 61,000 in june. it's growth, but not the number needed to keep one the nearly 15 million americans still looking for work. and as i mentioned, the president was quick today to frame the numbers his way and so lea learn's turn right now to jake tapper. >> reporter: the president today tried to put a sunny face on the end of the so-called recovery summer. >> now that's positive news. >> reporter: he emphasized the modest private sector job growth and didn't mention that august saw a net loss of jobs because of the end of those temporary census jobs. the underwhelming recovery of recovery summer has given republicans campaign ammo. >> recovery summer has become the summer of despair. >> reporter: to help create jobs for those out of work, the president continued to push a lending initiative he said could help provide credit to small businesses. >> republicans in the senate have blocked this bill. a needless delay that has led small business owners across the country to put off hiring, cut off expanding and put off plans that will make our economy stronger. >> reporter: beginning monday, the president will be outlining a number of other relatively small-bore measures. more money spent on insfra structure. a research tax credit. and other ways to encourage small business investment. everything i hear out of this administration is relatively modest compared to what many economists are pushing and compared to what the original stimulus was. >> you know, for this economy to come back, it's going to have to be the private sector that comes back. what we're talking about now is not a second stimulus, it's targeted measures. but they can make an appreciable difference. >> reporter: some liberal economists maintain the problem was that last year's $864 billion stimulus package was not enough. >> but it was obvious from the beginning that it was too small. he clearly needs more. the economy needs more. we need a real effort to get this economy moving. >> reporter: republicans argue businesses are loathe to invest when facing new taxes, mandates and regulations. >> this administration has done a lot to discourage business from growing and hiring and that's the problem. >> jake, you heard senator mcconnell say the president has done a lot to discourage business. the president saying the republicans are getting in the way of helping small business. so, how do you cut through it? >> reporter: well, they both have a point to make. and this is what we're going to be hearing from now until the november mid-term elections. there is evidence that, of course, republicans have been obstructing the small business lending initiative and there is evidence that many small businesses are waiting for that credit. and many business leader boss say that it is the uncertainty of many of the obama administration's priorities and legislation that has kept them from spending money. so, these are the arguments we're going to be hearing for the coming months. >> all right, jake tapper, thank you. >>> we're going to turn now to the controversial sheriff in arizona who is now the target of federal investigators. joe arpaio, the outspoken sheriff who has made no se vet of going after illegal immigrants stands accused of violating the rights of hispanics now. our pie year thomas called up the sheriff, and he's firing back tonight. >> we're trying to get the job done, okay? >> reporter: arizona's joe arpaio joaio the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff. >> i'm an equal opportunity law enforcement g we lock up everybody. >> reporter: relentless in his pursuit of illegal immigrants. >> this sheriff is going to go out and enforce the law. >> reporter: but now sheriff joe is in the sig justice department, under investigatiosibl violating the civil rights of latinos. therf unlawful searches and seizures, discriminatory police conduct and a failure to provide basic services to individuals with limited english. and this week, the justice department did something it had not done in 30 years. it filed a lawsuit accusing the sheriff of trying to block their civil rights investigation of his depar the sheriff's reaction -- defiance. >> the people of arizona that they're going against. using me at a puppet. >> reporter: today, he was still angry. >> the federal government should be thanking me, thanking me for all the work we are doing assisting them. >> reporter: what do you say when you say you're stone walling? >> we're not. they have received thousands and thousands of our documents. >> reporter: does your department discriminate? >> we do not. we do not racial profile. >> reporter: don't expect arpaio to change. he's not up for re-election until 2012, but he's already raised roughly $2 million, much of it from out of state. being tough on illegal immigration has been good politics. the question tonight is, whether taking on the justice department is good politics, too. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. >> ourpierre. >>> now to iraq tonight, where we marked a major milestone, iraqi forces taking over. so, dan harris returns the baghdad with a simple question -- was the war worth it? and what a difference, in what he heard seven years later. >> reporter: it was amid the ink-stained giddiness of iraq's first democratic elections that we first met this schoolteacher. >> this mark means my whole life. >> reporter: over the subsequent years, as iraq descended into sectarian madness, i interviewed her several more times, and she remained relentlessly upbeat. why are you optimistic? what gives you this hope? >> because i love my country. >> reporter: today, she's a newly wed. can i see the ring? >> yes. >> reporter: very nice. good job. things may be good in her personal life, but as american troops leave, while the iraqi government is mired in political paralysis, her view of the future has changed. >> dark one. i see a dark one, really. >> reporter: you see a dark future? >> yes. >> reporter: if the americans leave, it will be a dark future? >> yes. >> reporter: but she says that dark future is still better than the past under saddam. looking back, was it worth it? >> for us, of course. >> reporter: for you, yes. >> yes, yes. >> reporter: when we first met stephen browning in 2003, he was a can-do american, freshly arrived to help rebuild iraq, as part of the pentagon's temporary government. >> i personally believe that there is no mission in the world more important than the mission that we are doing right here in this country today. >> reporter: today, he's a father of two, living outside of denver, and his assessment of the war now genuinely surprised me. you don't think it was worth it? >> i don't. we'll see. maybe iraq will be a shining star of democracy in the middle east. i just don't see it happening. >> reporter: this boy appeared in an abc news story in 2007. at age 12, he was working in a mechanic's shop because his father, the bredwinner, had died during the invasion. "i dream," he told us, "of going back to school." but three years later, we found him, still at work. i met this shia sheikh in 2003 when he was a serious 29-year-old. he is now a militia leader who is still anti-american that our local staff said interviewing him would be, quote, like throwing yourself into the abyss. perhaps the most moving reconnection we were able to make involved this family. abc news first interviewed them in 2008. after an american air strike destroyed their house and killed their 2-year-old son, ali. ali's mother told us then that they'd wanted to move, but didn't have the money. "i begged my husband to leave the house when the fighting began," she told us, "but he said if we die, we will die together." a viewer bought them a new house, which they proudly showed off to us the other day, along with their new son, also named ali. he looks astonishingly like his older brother. his father told us that despite all he'd been through, he was grateful to american forces for toppling saddam. his wife, however, struck a different note, saying the americans should leave, that they'd killed too many children for nothing. "the death of my son," she said, "left a hole in my heart." dan harris, abc news, baghdad. >> and still ahead here on "world news" this friday night, the whistle blowers and those tainted eggs. what they saw, what they warned. >>> out of bounds what was this at the u.s. open? huge fights during tennis? >>> and, later here, did you see this woman? the woman that had so many people wondering during the emmys this week, who is she? s tonight, she's our "person of the week." well-being. we're all striving for it. purina cat chow helps you urture it in your cat with a full family of excellent nutrition and helpful resources. purina cat chow. share a better life. 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autism is a neurological disorder of the brain. it varies from someone who is non verbal all the way to the geniuses of silicon valley. i cannot emphasize enough the importance of early intervention education. >> reporter: as we grew older, her family would recognize temple had a remarkable mind. cataloging images and fixating on moving objects. easily able to understand how they work. and then the summer that changed her life, visiting her aunt's ranch. temple could see in animals what most of us could not. >> danny is looking at you, see, he can see all around without moving his head. >> so how do you know where he's looking? >> his ears, he points his ears where he is looking. see, he's looking at you. >> i just love that scene with the horses ears. one of the things that helped me in my work with animals is i'm a visual thinker. the movie did a fantastic job in showing how my mind works visually. there's a scene in there where a whole bunch of shoes in rapid succession. my mind is like google for images. >> reporter: temple would go to college and then graduate school for animal science. championing the way animals are treated in this country. and in doing so, became a champion for the autistic children who would follow. and when the movies won top honors, a hug for the producer from the little girl who once couldn't do it. >> oh, absolutely, i was hugging everybody that night. >> temple. >> mother, stand up, there's. please stand up. >> reporter: giving credit to her mother there. and so we choose temple grandin. and it turns out the night of the emmy's was her 63rd birthday. and we asked her where is the fancy gown. she said, i have a farmer's tan, you don't want to see that. temple, congratulations and happy birthday. for diane and all of us, good night.
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four mile canyon northwest of boulder. since then, winds up to 45 miles an hour have spread those flames in several directions. so far, though, no injuries have been reported. >>> craigslist is still under criticism this morning even after shutting down its adult services section late last week. it appears the ads for erotic services are still on the site, just placed elsewhere. here's linsey davis. >> reporter: of all the words listed on craigslist, nothing is attract is as much attention as this one. censored. it appears where "adult services" used to be. at first glance it seems their virtual red light district disappeared into cyberspace. but after a simple point and click on the site we found adult services still on craigslist, in plain sight, under a different category. casual encounters. craigslist contended all along taking down the adult services section would only drive sex ads to other parts of the site. that's what happened. we found several ads like this one, seeking young beautiful ladies, give us a call, pay to play. this certainly isn't what the group of attorneys general had in mind when they wrote a joint letter to craigslist last month calling for the section to be removed. >> if it does migrate to another part of craigslist, then this will be another battle that we have to fight in this war. >> reporter: last month, this young woman talked to abc's david wright. >> i was sold for sex by the hour at truck stops and cheap motels. >> reporter: she said pimps use craigslist to sell her for sex. >> the "world news" story actually helped because it built a public sympathy that pushed craigslist to shut their adult services section down and to help young people understand that people actually care and want them to get help. >> the website stands to lose a lot of money here. the adult services section was expected to bring in $45 million this year. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >>> top u.s. military commanders in afghanistan are warning that plans by a florida church to burn copies of the koran could endanger the lives of american soldiers. that warning comes amid angry anti-american protests in afghanistan. demonstrators are enraged at the announcement of the planned koran burning which will coincide with the commemoration of the 9/11 attacks this weekend. the gainesville church has been denied a permit for the bonfire but says it will go ahead with it anyway. >>> investigators in west virginia are trying to figure out the cause of a fire which killed 27 race horses. four barns near the racetrack in charles town burned to the ground. workers described a frantic scene as they tried to pull horses to safety as the fire spread. they were able to save nearly 30 of the animals. >>> san francisco police have arrested a daredevil climber who managed to scale a 58-story downtown building. stuntman dan goodwin, also known as skyscraper man, managed to climb up the city's millennium tower and unfurl an american flag at the top. it took good conserve win about three hours to scale the 645-foot residential building. goodwin used suction cups, not ropes, for that big climb. >> nothing stopped him. >>> here's another impressive man. a southern california man is nurse something sore feet this morning after setting a new world record for running in the sand. >> christian burke began his trek in hermosa beach at noon on sunday and ran for 24 straight hours. his idea was to raise money for the town's cash-poor schools which face a nearly $700,000 budget shortfall. >> at about the 15-hour mark, burke had logged 62 miles, breaking the record word. raised about $5,000. it's one thing to just run long distances, then on sand on top of that, it's really impressive. >> more "world news now" right after this. z diabetics on medicare! i'm a diabetic and i want you to know over 230,000 u.s. their diabetic supplies through liberty medical. and that begins with the one touch ultra 2 meter. easy to use, fast results... at no additional cost! liberty helps keep you on track by delivering diabetic supplies to your door...and filing your claims. i never feel i'm going to run out of anything. with liberty i always have someone to talk to and now they refill all my prescriptions. call now to receive a diabetic cookbook free. call to receive the one touch®ulra meter at no additional cost and find out why 230,000 u.s. doctors and over a million people with diabetes trust liberty medical. liberty, we deliver better health. call now. call liberty medical at the number on your screen. >>> now a warning to anyone out there that has been issued a corporate credit card. last year alone, employees charged $140 billion on them. >> what happens to that balance if your company goes out of business? the responsibility, it's yours. elisabeth leamy has the story. >> reporter: plane tickets. hotel rooms. taxicabs. office supplies. building supplies. party supplies. all things your company could ask you to charge. but we ware. if you use a corporate credit card, there's a chance you could be stuck with the bill. >> i was beside myself. >> reporter: charlie higis used to work for a company that manufactured duck hunting decoys. when the company went under, charlie felt like he was the one being hunted over his $10,000 company credit card tab. >> there was absolutely no communication at all indicating that i would be liable for a credit card that i was using that belonged to a corporation that i worked for. >> reporter: but according to rpmg research, 35% of corporate cards have individual or joint liability arrangements where the employee is responsible for the debt. and believe it or not, large companies, including many fortune 500 firms, are the most likely to make their employees personally liable for their company card. >> this is just so destructive to individuals like myself who had no idea that this could happen. >> reporter: charlie's employer had never paid his final bill. he found out when he got turned down for a personal loan and the loan officer told him he had a lousy credit score. >> i just went numb. i said -- i said to her, you must be looking at the wrong credit report. >> reporter: the thought of paying your company's delinquent debt is bad enough. but the impact on your credit score is even worse. charlie's score plunged more than 100 points, causing a ripple effect he says cost him tens of thousands in lost business opportunities. he's hoping to find an attorney to help him sue. >> the credit score had been destroyed, my life had been destroyed. i basically lost everything. >> reporter: charlie's not alone. the legal website avvo.com has seen a huge uptick in questions about corporate card liability since the recession hit. >> the credit card company can come after your company, the one that issued the corporate credit card, or they can come after you personally, and that's where a lot of people get confused and hurt. >> reporter: credit.com offers red flags you may be personally responsible for your corporate card debt. if the card shows up on your credit report. if you are required to pay the bill yourself and then get reimbursed. and if you provided personal financial information to get the card. >> where the bells and whistles and red flags and flashing lights should go off is if you're the one filling out the application and you're signing, you're giving your social security number. >> reporter: that's when a company card becomes less of a privilege and more of a problem. elisabeth leamy, abc news. >> the scary ting here is that these business cards are not protected by that federal credit card bill that just passed. credit card companies are even marketing to people, trying to give them corporate cards even though they may not qualify for it, because it skirts the new law. >> a little bit of a trap. go to abcnews.com. we've got all these great tips in case the credit card companies are coming after you and what to do if it hurts your credit. protecting your credit is of the utmost importance. >> anything credit card, be careful. >>> the internet sensation that women are going nuts over. >> it is the dirty secret behind facebook's farmville when we come back. >>> now to a story about the facebook phenomenon farmville. it has turned millions of everyday web surfers massachusetts virtual farmers. >> but are the hours spent raising cattle and tending crops turning the seemingly harmless game into an addiction? here's claire shipman. >> reporter: maybe we've been yearning to get back to our roots, back to a simpler way of life. maybe it's just a lot of fun. whatever the reason, life on the virtual farm via a wildly popular online game has now entranced some 80 million players worldwide. more than half of them women. >> my husband walks past me and just says, you've got to be kidding action you're on farmville again? >> reporter: farmville is now facebook's most popular app. >> this is part of my farm. >> reporter: for maria, tending crops, buying animals, expanding her empire has become an obsession. >> right here is my plants which are ready to be harvested. >> reporter: she works part-time and has two children but still manages to get on farmville, where she can even sell her crops to friends online. >> i go on at least twice a day. >> definitely more than three times a day. i do like five. she'll like go on first when i come home, then she'll be like, can you get off for a second so i can go on? >> reporter: it's the first time maria has ever played a social game. at age 49 she represents a growing demographic. the average social gamer isn't a young male huddled in the family den, but rather, a 43-year-old woman who increasingly can move from obsession to addiction. >> they have tried to stop, they couldn't. they've tried to put time limits on their farmville use but they couldn't. >> reporter: that was marianne thomas' life. >> i did feel like i was addicted to farmville. i'd play it in the morning, in the evenings, all during the day. i gained probably at least ten pounds. >> reporter: the only way she could get her life back to normal was by quitting the game cold turkey. >> it's a lot better around here since i quit playing farmville. >> a lot of people say, i can quit any time i want to, i just don't want to. but oftentimes they can't stop, they crave it. >> reporter: since i'm part of the new farmville demographic i decided i'd get the help of a gaming expert, my son hugo. show me how it's done. >> we need to plow this one. >> it tells you when it needs plowing? we would have to pay $50 to get 310 points. can we use your allowance money? >> no! mom! >> the only problem i can see with this is that i think i'd be tempted to spend a lot of my money buying seeds and plants. and i don't think my husband would be very happy. >> i can see that. >> reporter: in fact, 15% of those 80 million farmville players do spend real money on the game. 5% spend at least $20 a month. that pay to play option, along with advertising revenue, has helped build a very profitable business for farmville's parent company zenya, which is expected to make $450 million this year alone. farmville outsiders don't understand the fuss. >> i don't understand why you want to build a farm. i just don't. >> some of your friends play farmville? >> yes, it's stupid. >> my brother is a junior in high school, he loved it, his friends were the first ones to tell me about it. my parents will be like telling me about their friends who are trying to get them to play farmville. >> reporter: compulsion or ho y hobby, maria isn't quite sure. >> i would just say that i like it. pure and simple, i like it. i like gardening, i like animals, both items are there. addicting? 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"the news of the world" claims it was all the work of one rogue employee and a private investigator, who were beth jailed for hacking into the phones of royal aides. but the accusations continued. claims the celebrity power couple, david and victoria beckham's messages were intercepted. model elle mcpherson's phone too. >> such was the culture of intimidation and bullying that you would do it. >> reporter: during a lengthy investigation the "new york times" spoke to a former news of the world reporter who says he hacked into phones, his editor knew it, and that editor now works for the british government. what started off as another nasty tabloid story in london quickly became a hot political issue. because the former editor of "news of the world," andy coulsen, is now the communications director for the prime minister. >> nor do i have any recollection of instances where phone hacking took place. >> i have stood by andy and been requested to tap phones or hack into them. he was well aware that the practice exists. >> reporter: in parliament, the conservative home secretary, the nation's top cop, deflected calls for a new investigation. but the left-leaning labor party here smells blood. >> surely if this affair rumbles on will the prime minister come and make a statement, relieving coulsen of his job? >> reporter: a tabloid scandal where the tabloid is the headline and has the potential to become the first political scandal for the new government here. miguel marquez, abc news, london. >> what a scary thought, a scary world. people can hack into your cell phone messages now. >> exactly. verbatim. that's the news for this half hour. coming up, more news from abc. >> remember, follow us on facebook where you can check out "the skinny" and "morning facebook where you can check out "the skinny" and "morning papers" there any time. chubby checker: hi, i'm chubby checker. a new twist in the law makes it easier than ever to save on your medicare prescription drug plan costs. so what are you waiting for? go to www.socialsecurity.gov and apply for extra help. it's easier than learning the twist. >>> the burning debate over burning the koran. >> islam is an evil religion. >> muslims are protesting and u.s. military leaders say his plans aren't good for american troops. >>> then, job hunting. as president obama unveils new plans to boost the economy, why is it so hard for some who want to work to actually find a job? >>> and, a remarkable reunion. >> i'm your daughter. >> it happened in a hospital room completely by surprise, and just in the nick of time. it's tuesday, september 7th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good morning, i'm meg oliver. vinita nair is on vacation. >> i'm rob nelson. good morning, everybody. >>> we begin with the florida minister's controversial call to burn the koran this saturday on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. >> the plan is drawing protests from around the world, and now the american commander in afghanistan says it could put u.s. troops in harm's way. martha raddatz reports from kabul. >> reporter: the crowd in downtown kabul reached nearly 500, with protesters chanting "long live the koran." an effigy of pastor terry jones from the tiny florida church was lit on fire. the protesters well aware of the pastor's inflammatory comments. >> islam is an evil religion. >> reporter: but anger has spread far beyond pastor jones, with chants of "death to america" echoing through the crowd. minutes later, rocks were hurled at a passing u.s. military convoy. the u.s. commander in afghanistan, general david threat to burn the koran, saying in a statement that it could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort here." we spoke in kabul with the former vice chief of staff of the army. >> it is outrageous and it is insulting to muslims. but it's also insulting to our soldiers in terms of what they stand for and what their commitment is to this country and to the muslims in this country. >> reporter: pastor terry jones vowed he would go ahead with the koran burning. >> what we are doing is long overdue. we're revealing again the violence of islam that is much, much deeper than we would like to admit. >> reporter: jones has gotten more than 8,000 followers on facebook. but a page condemning him has 20 times that number. that has not calmed the protesters in kabul, and there are fears that the protest plans for tuesday could be even larger. martha raddatz, abc news, kabul. >>> tropical storm hermine is making her presence known this morning after slamming into mexico's northern gulf coast. the storm is now aiming at south texas. hermine is already churning up the waters from brownsville to galveston along the texas coast and it's already created dangerous conditions for beachgoers. the storm is packing heavy rain and winds up to 65 miles an hour. forecasters say hermine will drop up to 1 foot of rain in spots today. >> good luck to those folks today. >>> plenty wet along the rest of the gulf coast today with showers extending from louisiana into georgia along with most of florida. rainy conditions in the pacific northwest and the great lakes. we'll get winds up to 45 miles an hour along with some showers. >> and it will be hot today along the entire east coast. mostly in the high 80s. 10 degrees above average in some spots. another major hot spot, the southwest. >>> in other news now, president obama is set to unveil his latest proposal to boost the nation's sagging economy. the president will propose that businesses be able to write off all new investments in plant and equipment through the end of next year. that would be a business tax cut of up to $200 billion over two years. yesterday the president called for a $50 billion plan to rebuild the nation's infrastructure. >> we are going to rebuild 150,000 miles of our roads. that's enough to circle the world six times. that's a lot of roads. we're going to lay and maintain 4,000 miles of our railways. enough to stretch coast to coast. we're going to restore 150 miles of runways. >> the president noted that during the recession back in the early '80s, it took the average american looking for work about three months to find a job. this time around, it is taking a lot longer. here now is chris bury. >> reporter: beverly wytrack, 32, two kids, college degree. how long have you been out of work? >> about a year, a little over a year. >> reporter: like beverly, a project manager, nearly half of those looking for work have been unemployed at least six months. how many jobs have you applied for? >> 300 or 400. >> reporter: her computer crammed with rejections from a frustrating job hunt. >> i assumed it would take a month or two, maybe three. >> reporter: now she supports her family on unemployment benefits. $971 every two weeks. pride kept her from food stamps until her savings ran out two months ago. >> you're in the store and you don't want people to know. >> reporter: in past downturns job hunters have bounced back far more quickly. in 1976 it took under ten weeks on average. 1983, 12 weeks. '94, 10 weeks. nearly 26 weeks to find a job. >> not only does it increase the costs to society of supporting those who are unemployed, it also increases the anxiety of those who are employed, which means they're going to save more and spend less, which makes the recovery even weaker. >> reporter: now beverly frets about losing her home on a block dotted with others for sale, so she keeps on looking. >> you can't give up. you know, somebody's hiring out there. somebody will give me a job. >> reporter: this recession, so different, so difficult, as all those months without work take their toll. chris bury, abc news, summit, illinois. >>> a powerful wildfire that started in the foothills of colorado is continuing to spread. and now officials say that at least 1,000 homes have to be evacuated. the fire started yesterday northwest of boulder. since then, winds of up to 45 miles an hour have spread flames in several directions. so far, luckily, no injuries have been reported. >> lucky indeed there. >>> all right, a certain statue in san diego might as welllled . because just can't get any respect. >> it's supposed to pay homage to surfing but instead people continue to mock it. the statue known as the carlsbad zorro, clad in a cape, sword and a hat with a red feather. it's also been dressed up as jaws, it's been decorated for halloween and christmas, and it's been turned into uncle sam as well. >> the artist who is a surfer is not amused. he calls the impromptu adornments an insult. heck, think he's got to put a positive spin on it. look at all the attention he's getting. people are coming by, taking pictures. >> it's a surfer, not a former president. relax, dude, surf's up. more after this. 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there we go. >> reporter: it may be 100 feet to the ground. >> easy. easy. she's big. >> reporter: before we tell you how this turns out, here's how we got here. we have choppered into a cloud forest in the mountains of papua new guinea. our guide is lisa daybeck, an american biologist who has dedicated her life to saving the tree kangaroo. >> just be really careful. there's holes. >> reporter: she first saw these animals 20 years ago at a zoo in the u.s. >> i fell in love with them then. plus they're beautiful. the more i learned about them the more i knew that i wanted to help them. >> is it true that you went eight years without seeing one in the wild? >> yes. >> reporter: finally a few years ago daybeck and her team managed to get radio collars on some treeroos. >> it's so hard to find them. >> she's tearing right out of there. >> good. she's saying, hi, dan. okay, okay, there she goes. >> reporter: that's when the guy up in the tree gets close enough for her to jump. once she's on the ground, the men rush in to grab her by the tail. >> easy, easy. easy. >> reporter: there's a field veterinarian here to make sure the animal is okay and to check if she has a baby in her pouch. >> no? okay, good. whew. okay. so now they're going to put her in a burlap bag and she's going to try to get away as much as possible. she's okay. she's okay. all right. good girl. >> reporter: lisa daybeck is clearly relieved. as a conservationist, forcing an animal out of a tree and into a bag runs counter to her every instinct. >> okay, okay. good fellow, hello. >> she is cute. >> she's beautiful. >> reporter: but she believes the more we know about how these mysterious, endangered animals live and eat and breed, the easier it will be to protect them here in the wild. they put on a tiny camera. >> great. >> good girl. >> good girl. we have no idea what they do up top in the canopy. we want to see what fruit plants they eat. >> reporter: papua new guinea is one of the only places on earth you can see tree kangaroos. not long ago these villagers we're with used to hunt and eat tree kangaroos. with daybeck's help they've now set aside huge tracts of land to protect the animals. if these guys were not sitting beside the land what would happen to the tree kangaroos? >> they might be hunted out. >> reporter: the next day we go out to look for another tree kangaroo. a few days ago the team fitted the animal with a camera. >> she's definitely here. she's beautiful. >> there she goes. >> reporter: another free-fall. >> is she okay? >> yes. >> good girl. >> reporter: and so, under a tarp in the pounding rain, the team stares rapt as they're allowed for the first time into the private world of the reclusive animal they've all spent years of their lives trying to understand and protect. the camera belongs to national geographic. they call it their critter cam. lisa daybeck tears up as she watches. she was told this could never be done. but now she is witnessing a breakthrough 15 years in the making. >> wow. that was great. >> reporter: this is dan harris in papua new guinea. >> what an incredible story there. what incredible dedication that woman has to the tree kangaroo. for 15 years of her life she dedicated herself to it. went eight years not even seeing one of those things. that's crazy. >> she got emotional watching everything. what really impressed me were the villagers. so skilled in climbing the trees and helping in the process. >> another job i would not want. >>> it's our favorite part of the show, come on. >> oh, yes, everyone's favorite part of the show. you can always catch it on facebook. you need a good laugh, this is the story of the day. simon cowell left "american idol" to go to a new talent show called "the x factor" over in the uk. these two teenage girls get onstage, abby and lisa, doing their rendition of their song. and apparently they start off sweet, happy to be here, living the dream, blah, blah, blah. things get nasty as the performance goes on. take a look at how things progress on this new show. ♪ ♪ i'm not giving up oh no >> singing is not great. >> who are you? ♪ i'm going to get in trouble, i'm going to start a fight ♪ >> all right, let's recap that little nugget. first of all, the girl says to her, who are you? that was singer natalie rulio who had a big hit a couple of years ago. decks her while walking offstage. the other girl flips the audience the bird. these obviously were not the most dainty women. >> no, this is kind of like "jerry springer" meets "jersey shore." you know who's loving it all. >> simon cowell. lots of controversy, lots of money in the bank. you have the worst attitude of any contestant i've ever met on any of these shows. seriously, seriously rude. >> seriously. >> seriously. simon calls you rude, whoa. >> whoa, all right. move on to wyclef jean. we know he was running for president of haiti. it's been a little bit of a brouhaha with sean penn. sean penn went after him and head his campaign was basically all about a vision of flying around the world, talking to people. jean came back and said that he was -- sean penn was too busy sniffing cocaine to see me in haiti. obviously under the belt there. penn's rep shot back at his comments, found them highly irresponsible and false and that he does not understand volunteer work down there, it's strenuous and no time for recreational drugs. >> sean is a tough dude, i don't think you want to engage him and egg him on. not that wyclef couldn't handle himself but you never know how he'd retaliate against that. >> exactly. >> let it go. they didn't let you run. i'm sure he'll have a response, he's not shy responding. apparently there's a new autobiography coming out for lady gaga, the big pop star these days. she's huge. the thing is coming out later on this month. well, in this new autobiography, the claim actually she suffers from an eating disorder. actually her former tour manager named david has said that the 24-year-old singer would literally scarf down unhealthy food then stop eating for weeks at a time to fit into her elaborate, crazy costumes. she reportedly lost 20 pounds in between fittings, was hospitalized six times in 2009 to deal with her battles with food and potential disorder. now no response from her just yet. but you know, she kind of blamed jet lag for some of her health issues, that kind thing. we'll see what official response she has with this auto biography. coming out in just a few days on the 14th. she's admitted to drug use, now this. i know she's hugely popular. better watch out. some of the things going on in her personal life. >> kind of want her to be healthy. let's get to the kardashians. >> always. >> there is a big scoop going on from last night's show. and all the ladies out there, listen up. if you are engaged or married, you hold on to your left hand pretty closely. apparently kim didn't, because she lost -- >> khloe. >> she lost lamar odom's $850,000 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center site. nearly nine years after it was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. >>> while those 33 miners in chile wait to be rescued, members of a nasa team will discuss their recent work at the mine site. they have been helping develop a plan for maintaining all those miners' health. >>> and finally this half hour, the amazing story of a patient at a new york hospital and his nurse. >> incredible story here. when that man checked into the hospital, he never could have imagined that while there he would find something he lost a long time ago. here now is jeremy hubbard. >> i love you. >> i love you too. >> reporter: family circumstance tore them apart. now a miraculous coincidence has brought them back together. when victor peraza came to this new york city hospital two weeks ago, a veteran nurse named wanda took note of her new patient's name. she told the story on "good morning america." >> doctor mentioned his name and i completely froze. i was stunned. and i said, i have to go into this room and look at this patient. i said, what are your children's names? right away he said, i have a daughter named wanda. and the second he said that i just -- burst out crying. i ran out of the room. >> reporter: it was her father who had walked out of her life in 1969. he and her mother married young. there were problems and they split up when wanda was just a baby. >> i came back into the room, i said, hi, i'm wanda. i'm your daughter. i'm your daughter. and he said -- he said, i know you're my daughter. and within less than five minutes i just gave him the biggest kiss and the biggest hug because i was so happy to finally meet my dad. >> reporter: in the tear-filled days that have followed wanda has introduced victor to the grandchildren he never knew. she's given him something he never expected -- forgiveness. >> we're not going to draw on the past because that's not important. he's here. and we're just going to enjoy the short time that we're going to have together. >> reporter: their time together is short because victor is terminally ill. he's being treated here for the final stages of cancer. he turned 61 later this week. and wanda just prays he'll make it until then. hopeful she'll finally get to celebrate a birthday with her father. jeremy hubbard, abc news, new york. >> you don't believe in miracles after that? >> that is one. >> that is. >> she has the right attitude. some people would be upset. you walked on me x number of years ago. >> exactly. years ago. >> exactly. >> but she said, you know, w when someone gives blood, when a hand reaches out, that moment when heartbreak turns to hope, you're there through the american red cross. down the street, across the country, around the world, you help save the day, every day. your support truly matters. you can help today. visit redcross.org. >>> making news on this tuesday, september 7th. >> growing dissatisfaction of our now poll shows americans more unsatisfied with president obama's handling of the economy, as he rolls out more proposals to boost hiring. >>> rising tensions. a top general in afghanistan says a pastor's plan to burn a koran on 9/11, a putting american troops in danger. >>> if princes harry and william are now safe from hackers, is anyone? >>> and good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm meg oliver. vinita is off this morning. the president is set to reveal another new proposal to help the sagging economy. this one would use tax breaks to benefit businesses and corporations. >> but a new abc news poll released overnight shows what a daunting challenge democrats face heading into midterm elections. emily schmidt is joining us from washington with the latest numbers. >> reporter: this poll is filled with a lot of firsts. abc news/"washington post" poll that shows 92% of americans, nine out of ten of your neighbors, think this economy is in bad shape. and what's more, potentially bad news for democrats. voters seem to say they're tired of the status quo. this week, president obama is pitching a new economic plan, with the hopes of winning. >> i think yes, we can. is more inspiring than no, we can't. >> reporter: but a new poll shows more people saying about the president, no, he hasn't. for the first time, most voters, 52%, disapprove the way mr. obama is handling the job overall. more voters say the president has made the economy worse. >> i'm going to keep fighting every, single day. every, single hour. every, single minute, to turn this economy around. >> reporter: the first idea, $50 billion for transportation projects. tomorrow, the president will propose a $200 billion tax writeoff on new investments and corporations. republican house leader, john boehner, says we don't need more government stimulus spending. we need to end washington democrats' out-of-control spending spree. >> i don't think there's anything our president or congress can come up with that would provide a big jolt to the economy by election day. >> reporter: the poll shows public dissatisfaction with the democrat-controlled federal government is at its highest level in 18 years. supporters say, give the president time. >> it's just like losing weight. the weight comes on really fast and easy. but when you're trying to correct it, it is a slow process. >> reporter: but the midterm elections are now just two months away. and here is one more thing from the poll. it shows that likely voters say they are more likely to vote for the republican candidate in their district by 53% to 40%. that is a record margin. rob? >> emily schmidt, in washington. thanks, emily. >>> major religious leaders hold a news conference later today in washington, as controversy heats up over the planned burning of the koran. a florida minister says he plans to go ahead with the direction of the islamic holy book to mark the 9/11 anniversary. that's despite a warning from the top commander in afghanistan that burning the koran could put u.s. troops in harm's way. martha raddatz reports from kabul. >> reporter: the crowd in downtown kabul reached nearly 500 with protesters chanting, long live the koran. an effigy of pastor terry jones, from the tiny florida church, was lit on fire. the protesters, well aware the pastor's inflammatory comments. >> islam is an evil religion. >> reporter: but anger has spread far beyond pastor jones, with choochbts death to america, echoing through the crowd. minutes later, rocks were hurled at a passing u.s. military convoy. the u.s. commander in afghanistan, general david petraeus, is outraged by the threat to burn the koran, saying in a statement that it could "endanger troops. and it could endanger the overall effort here." we spoke in kabul with the former vice chief of staff of the army, general jack keane. >> it is outrageous. and it is insulting to muslims. but it's also insulting to the soldiers, for what they stand for and what their commitment is to the muslims in this country. >> reporter: pastor jones vowed he would go ahead with the koran burning. >> what we are doing is long overdue. we're revealing, again, the violence of islam that is much, much deeper than we would like to admit. >> reporter: jones has gotten more than 8,000 followers on facebook. but a page condemning him has 20-times that number. that has not calmed the protesters here in kabul. and there are fears that the protests planned for tuesday could be even larger. martha raddatz, abc news, kabul. >>> after slamming into mexico's northern gulf coast last night, tropical storm hermine is now hovering over south texas. it's already churning up the waters from brownsville to galveston, along the texas coast, creating some dangerous conditions for swimmers there. hermine is bringing heavy rain and winds up to 65 miles per hour. it's expected to drop up to a foot of rain as far north as dallas. forecasters say flash flooding will be a major problem throughout the day. >>> a powerful wildfire that started in the foothills of colorado is now spreading in that region. the fire has destroyed some homes and even forced the evacuation of at least 1,000 others. it started monday in four mile canyon, which is northwest of boulder. since then, winds of up to 45 miles per hour have spread flames in several directions. so far, no injuries have been reported. >>> investigators in west virginia are trying to figure out the cause of a fire which killed 27 racehorses. four barns near the racetrack in charlestown burned to the ground. workers described a frantic scene, as they tried to pull horses to safety as the fire spread. they were able to save nearly 30 of the animals. >>> at least one person has been killed and three others injured after a small plane crashed on a residential street in southern nevada. authorities say the single-engine plane burst into flames in a crash in henderson monday. witnesses say it crashed upside down. and local residents had to douse it with hodeses before they could rescue the trapped passengers. >>> now, for this morning's weather from around the nation. as we mentioned earlier, tropical storm hermine is pounding most of texas today. other stormy spots include the rest of the gulf coast, from louisiana into georgia. most of florida and around the great lakes. >> the rest of the country is mostly seasonable and pretty dry. in the upper midwest, expect cooler temps, in the 70s. the entire east coast zooms back into the 80s, ten degrees above the norm app and it will be hot and dangerously dry in much of the southwest. >>> when we come back, the london tabloid that's making headlines for tapping the royal family's phones. >>> and forget what your mother told you. money can actually buy happiness. fifty-eight different individuals are using, absolutely using my old social security number. my credit score just went out the window. identity theft can be devastating. that's why lifelock is proactive protection, working to help stop identity 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back in business today after, of course, taking labor day off. the dow did gain almost 300 points last week. the nasdaq was up 80. >>> bp is investing in online ads, apparently to combat damage to its reputation from the gulf oil spill. a google poll revealed in june, bp spent $3.6 million in ads in google's search results. before the spill, bp was spending about $57,000 a month for online ads. >>> the justice department is investigating google's plans to buy ita software. ita powers some leading online sites, including kay yas, hotwire, and sidestep. there's concerns whether rivals would have access to ita services if google acquires the company. there is still a fear that google would steer the searchers away from other sites. >>> they're not calling it ellen online. but aol and ellen degeneres are teaming up. they will share traffic, content and promotions with aol sites. aol has been trying to make deals with content providers to complement its own content. >>> does money make you happy? a new survey find the answer is actually yes. the study published by the national academy of sciences, found that people's happiness rose with their income levels, until they're earning about $75,000 a year. after that, things pretty much level off. >> not surprising, right? >> not at all. >>> when we come back, spying on the british royal family. how a paper dug up dirt on the princes. >>> and who is more likely to have senior moments? men or women? a new study claims to have that answer. 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[ woman laughs ] >>> now, for a look at morning road conditions. in texas, interstates 10, 35 and 37 will be a mess, with heavy rain and some flooding. and plan on heavy wind along i-90, from chicago to minneapolis. >> and if you're flying today you can expect some airport delays in seattle, minneapolis, detroit, chicago, memphis, dallas and houston. >>> a pioneer in the civil rights movement has died. jefferson thomas was one of nine black teens known as the little rock nine. they bravely stood up to an angry, white mob in 1957 and became the first black students to enroll at little rock central high school. thomas had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. he was 67 years old. >>> extortion charges have been dropped in the bahamas at the request of actor john travolta. an ambulance driver and his attorney faced a retrial for trying to get $25 million from travolta after the death of his son. now, travolta says he no longer wants to face the pain of a new trial. >>> critics of british prime minister are calling into investigates of andy colson. he denies accusations when he was the editor of a british tabloid, he encouraged reporters to hack into celebrity cell phones. miguel marquez reports those celebrities include prince william and prince harry. >> reporter: when prince william pulled a tendon ended up in the news, he wandered how. when prince harry visited a strip club, the same tabloid voted verbatim a teasing message on his cell phone. the claim it was the work of one investigator. but the accusations continue. claims the celebrity power couple, david and victoria beckham's messages were intercepted. model elle macpherson's phone, too. >> such was the culture of intimidation and bullying, that you would do it. >> reporter: during a lengthy investigation, "the new york times" spoke with shawn that he hacked into phones. his editor knew it. and the editor works for the british government. what started off as another nasty tabloid story here in london quickly became a hot political issue. the former editor of "the news of the world," is now the communications director for the prime minister. >> and i don't condone the use of phone hacking. and i don't have recollection of instances where phone hacking took place. >> i stood by andy. and been requested to tap phones or hack into them. he was well aware that the practice exists. >> reporter: in parliament, the conservative home secretary, the nation's top cop, deflected calls for a new investigation. but the left-leaning labor party here smells blood. >> surely, if this murky affair rumbles on, will the prime minister make a statement, releasing colton of his job. >> reporter: a tabloid scandal where the tabloid is the headline. and has the potential to become the first political scandal for the new government here. miguel marquez, abc news, london. >>> staying with news from across the pond. a fascinating reel of newly-discovered, rare color footage from the second world war blitz is now being shown for the very first time. the short reel shows some of the damage inflicted on london by german bombing campaign. the footage which was found in an attic has been released to coincide with the 70th anniversary of that blitz. >>> two, new studies are shedding some light on the amount of waste in the health care system. more than $55 billion a year goes towards defensive medical practices. mainly unnecessary tests and procedures to protect doctors from malpractice claims. the other study finds that more than a quarter of doctor visits for things like fevers, stomachaches and coughs take place in emergency rooms. >>> older men are more likely than women to suffer from senior moments. a new study finds 19% of men aged 70 to 89, had mild cognitive impairment, which falls between normal forgetfulness and dementia. that's compared to 14% of women. people with this problem can carry out everyday activities and generally realize they are forgetful. >>> jerry lewis has once again raidsed some big bucks for charity. contributions and pledges from this year's labor day event total almost $60 million. the money, of course, goes to the muscular dystrophy association. lewis, who is 84 years old now, has been hosting that telethon for more than four decades. >>> time, now, for sports news and highlights from the biggest game from the first week of the college football season. here, now, is espn news. >> i'm paul severino with this espn news update. it sounds like a strong statement to make. but in the season's first week, it's a must-win for boise state, as number three takes on number ten, virginia tech. kellan moore, to the end zone. the great catch. they had to review this down on the field. see it again. he does make the grab. 17-0, boise state. they led 20-14, on the half. ryan williams gets it out to the nearside and in. virginia tech takes a 21-20 lead. later in the third quarter, boise state on their own 21 yard line on third and one. d.j. harper is going to pick up the first down and then some. rumbles 71 yards for the touchdown. boise state's extra point was blocked. so, the broncos have a 26-21 lead. they continue to go back and fourth. later in the third, roughing the kicker gave v.a. tech new life. boykin takes it in. and it's 27-26, virginia tech on top. 1:14 left, fourth quarter. boise state, down by four. moore back to pass. finds austin pettis in the end zone. and the broncos take a 33-30 lead. with 41 seconds to go, fourth and 11. last chance for virginia tech. tyrod back, steps. he has jared boykin. but jared boykin doesn't have the football. boise state holds on for the 33-30 win. a great game. >>> that will do it for us, on the espn news update. i'm paul severino, back to you in new york. >>> san francisco police have arrested a daredevil climber that managed to scale a 50-story building. >> the skyscraper man managed to climb up the city's millennium tower. it took him about three hours to scale the building. goodwin used 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conversion part of america's dynamic religious landscape. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> well, that is the news for this half hour. coming up we have got plenty more news on abc. >> follow us on facebook where you can see "the skinny" and "morning papers" there any time. check out wnnfans.com. >>> fatal plunge. the bus full of students, its 40-foot drop off an overpass, and today's federal investigation. >>> then, terrorist's plan. the times square bomber and what could have happened. what investigators discovered. >>> and, proud parents. big challenges and expenses for same-sex couples who want to have children. it's thursday, september 30th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> it really is a fascinating look at gay adoption in america. so often, and the couple talks about this, people approach them and say, why wouldn't you just adopt a child? they really make you aware of all the problems and hurdles that any couple, let alone a gay couple, faces in adopting a healthy child. >> not to mention the universal issue of the money it takes to get it done. a really inte
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see. in this race, you never know what else is out there. jonathan karl, abc news, capitol hill. >>> one flash point for opponents and supporters of president obama has been health care reform. well, mark this week. because this thursday, the new law begins to take effect for american families. and a quick list now of what will happen as of this thursday. on thursday, your insurance company can no longer cancel coverage for people who are sick or set a limit, a cap, on your lifetime benefits. your children can stay on your policy until they're 26 years old. and children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage. tomorrow, and all this week, we're going to bring you a deeper look at how each of these challenges can matter in your life. out west tonight, another wildfire is burn, this time in utah. it began in an unlikely location, a national guard firing range, and spread fast, people rushing out of homes at night. clayton sandell is in utah tonight. >> reporter: the flames came fast over the ridge, sending thousands fleeing into the night. >> i could hardly r
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decades. mike von fremd, abc news reserve. >>> buckle up, it could be a rough ride. new research shows how bad the nation easily roads are and what it is going to cost drivers. the study says nearly one-quarter of major highways are substandard. that is a slight improvement from three years ago. the repair costs to the average motorists because of the poor conditions are about $402 a year. >>> severe storms hit omaha, sioux city and des moines. dakotas to minnesota. showers across they valley and new england. more thunderstorms in south texas. drenching rain in the four corners of the southwest. >> 79 in albuquerque. 81 in salt lake city. and 60 in billings. 80s in omaha, kansas city, indianapolis. 82 in boston. 91 in atlanta. 88 in miami. >>> my favorite story of the morning. it's sure to be a sweet success no matter how you slice it. >> bakers in new orleans are attempting to make the world's biggest king cake. they are using 4,000 pounds of flour, more than 400 eggs, and a ton of icing. >> they plan to wrap it around the superdome twice. slices of cake will be sold to benefit breast
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Sep 29, 2010 3:05am EDT
true today as epcot turns 28 years old this week. from the "abc news vault," epon the the company's opening way back on october 21st, 1982. >> reporter: with an 18-story spaceship at its entrance, epcot is a $1 billion gamble that disney can still work its former magic. but this time, the company is going after a different audience. adults. the 260-acre theme park combines a look into the future and a visit to nine countries. sort of a permanent world's fair. epcot is only a monorail ride from the magic kingdom. but here, make-believe is out, education is in. nowhere is there a single pair of mouse ears. this is adult fare. fancy shops, restaurants, and a disney first, alcoholic beverages. >> we realize that a lot of people are driving right by us right now because they think we run just a carousel. >> reporter: the success of epcot is critical to a company which has experienced unaccustomed reverses. after three decades of growth, disney's earnings declined 11% last year. from $135 million to $121 million. this year, they're expected to be even lower. one big problem was the movie
ABC
Sep 23, 2010 5:30pm EDT
just good, but great. now let's get down to work. >>> abc 2 news is brought to you by the maryland school for the blind's vehicle donation program. >> stocks are closing lower today as new worries emerged about europe's economy and the u.s. job market. the do you ended the day falling 77 points, the nasdaq composite fell 7, the s & p 500 ended the day down 9. >>> in tonight's consumer alert the warnings about illegal drug use and its dangers are everywhere, what about the drugs in your own medicine cabinet. they are abusing the precipitation pills they pick up and find on the internet. the government says that's a prescription for danger, karen days a has details on how you can fight their efforts for that. >>> it's been called the fastest growing drug problem in the united states. it is as quick as the corner pharmacy and your home med kin cabinet. the misconception the drugs the doctor prescribes is safer than the illegal drugs. none medical use of prescription drugs has increased 20% since 2002 to 5.3 million americans, that includes more new users than any other class of drugs
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Sep 30, 2010 5:30pm EDT
and now a lot of wind. abc 2 news and joce sterman is live in rosedale. how is it going out there. >> you know rosy, right now we're experiencing a bit of a call. that was not the situation earlier today. we've got some ominous clouds over here heading over by 695. but this was a reel problem spot here on poe las key highway, they shut this section of the road down today for quite a stretch because of some serious flooding. now here is the reason why. obviously this is a downhill stretch. if you're coming up from the other side of route 40 the other side of baltimore that's a downhill stretch too. all the water as it rained really intensely sort of collected in that little valley there, there was at one point a section where some rescue workers had to come out. we want to show you some of the video we shot. there was a swift water rescue team that came out earlier today. they were called out, got the boat in the flood water, luckily though they didn't have to use it which was a good thing. that water was still a reel problem anded unfortunately that team wasn't able to help a lot
ABC
Sep 2, 2010 3:05am EDT
you can. >> reporter: workers were told to evacuate or hide. in a text message to abc news, one wrote, "i am in work closet with workers here. i am okay." in the day care center, babies in cribs were rolled across busy streets to safety at a nearby mcdonald's. then it ended with a detonation and a single shot. >> the suspect was shot by police officers. the device appeared to go off. the hostages, there were three hostages. all the hostages are safe. >> reporter: law enforcement sources identified the suspect as james j. lee, seen here in this video. he's believed to have created this website called save the planet protest, demanding that the discovery channel call for "programs encouraging human sterilization" and adding, "the planet does not need humans." the gunman walked into the first floor lobby of that building with the blue sign behind me, flashing a gun and carrying two metal canisters. and there he remained with three hostages as police negotiated for hours for their release, until finally they brought him down. rob and mike? >>> mid east peace talks ea s r the face-to
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Sep 1, 2010 5:30am EDT
, abc news. >> the beginning of the story, emily said earl was a category 4. right now it is a 3. just to keep that in mind, it always changes. when it does we'll keep you posted. >>> the red cross is ready to respond anywhere anytime. the relief organization learned powerful lessons after hurricane katrina which devastated the gulf coast. the lessons might now pay off, if earl makes landfall in the united states and turns out to be a serious storm. september is national preparedness month. one interesting footnote, maryland is subject to every natural disaster except for one, which is a volcano. >> of all people up and down the east coast, keeping on close eye on earl, aaa doesn't expect major travel problems over the holiday weekend. if the storm stays away, aaa estimates that about 90% of marylanders will still hit the road friday, but if earl gets too close it will change things dramatically. >> it will impact travel and traffic and what you do when you get to your holiday destination if you're planning to go to the beach. the good thing is sometimes once the hurricanes come
ABC
Sep 10, 2010 2:35am EDT
struck here at abc news. it poses as a message from a colleague with the subject line that reads "here you have." if you click on the link it infiltrates the computer and send out a fleur reeve e-mails under your name. >>> the governor of texas issued a disaster declaration for 40 counties in the aftermath of tropical storm hermine. >> many areas are still cleaning up after getting more than a foot of rain. at least four people were killed in flash flooding and three others are still missing. >>> now here's a look at your friday weather. heavy rain from memphis into kentucky. large hail and gusty winds across nebraska, kansas and oklahoma. light rains into the dakotas and montana and showers in florida. >> 91 in miami. 92 in atlanta and 70s in the northeast. 65 in fargo. 70 in minneapolis and 81 in kansas city. phoenix heats up to 95. sacramento 86. it is 64 in seattle. 66 in billings. >> are you ready to break out your -- >> they are beads. you keep saying jewelry. these are beads. >> the nfl season. it's officially under way. and rob's super bowl champs new orleans saints took
ABC
Sep 27, 2010 3:05am PDT
abc news the bomb was a fake. >>> federal authorities are looking into a landing gear problem that resulted in a very frightening flight. video taken saturday night by a passenger on a delta flight captured the moments before the plane made an emergency landing. sparks were seen out the window when the flight from atlanta to white plains, new york, was diverted to jfk airport. the pilot was praised, as was the air traffic controller. >> we were lucky. the controller actually working that airplane last night is eight weeks away from retirement. and he's been working airplanes for 29 years. i mean, we couldn't have asked for a better person to be in that position. >> there's more of that interview this morning coming up on "good morning america." the passengers were taken to their final destination on a bus. >>> some wisconsin residents who have been evacuated because of flooding may be out of their homes for up to a week. and at least one small community along the wisconsin river has been cut off because of a levee failure. long-time residents along the river have seen floods before
ABC
Sep 15, 2010 3:05am EDT
? >> never. >> reporter: pierre thomas, abc news, washington. >>> dutch police say they've arrest an american pilot at the amsterdam airport for intoxicati intoxication. he's arrested in the cockpit of a passenger jet about to take off. tests showed his blood alcohol level just above the legal limit. delta airlines would only confirm that an unnamed crew member was suspended and its flight from amsterdam to new york was canceled. >>> three storms have now formed in the atlantic, including a new tropical storm karl which could hit mexico. that's in addition to two huge hurricanes, igor and julia. nasa released more pictures of the storms taken from the international space station. igor is now expected to become a monster cat 5 hurricane. that's the strong nest years and it does pose a threat to bermuda. meanwhile, hurricane julia looks imposing as well, but forecasters say it will not be a threat. >>> now here's a look at your weather. severe storms from kansas city to des moines. winds could top 80 miles an hour. isolated tornado is possible near the twin cities. rainy in seattle and
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Sep 24, 2010 3:05am EDT
: the biological father refused an offer to speak to abc news. in a written statement his lawyer said, my client, the biological father, was awarded legal custody by an ohio court after consideration of all evidence. grayson is already snuggled into his role as a sibling. the vaughns' oldest son senses life is about to change. >> he said, daddy, can we go to the judges while we're here, talk to him about grayson? >> reporter: the vaughns promise to continue fighting to keep grayson part of their family. mike marusarz, abc news, new york. >>> states of emergency have been declared in minnesota and wisconsin because of record flooding. some areas in southern minnesota have been hit with tender inches of rain. a few more inches could fall overnight. more than 1,000 people had to be evacuated in western wisconsin ahead of the floods. wisconsin governors sent the national guard to help out. >>> parts of central mechanic are bracing for the 13th named storm of the season. tropical storm matthew is whipping up 45-mile-an-hour winds in the caribbean sea. it will bring heavy rain and flooding
ABC
Sep 7, 2010 11:00pm EDT
. >>> you're watching the station that works for you. abc 2 news at 11:00. . >>> an investigation is underway into an apartment fire in howard county and the death of one of its tenants, good evening, i'm kelly swoope. investigators not only want to know what caused the devastating fire in columbia but also how that victim died. connor is life at howard county headquarters tonight with more on why investigators are kind of dealing with two separate mysteries. cheryl. >> reporter: howard county police say the victim's injuries are not related to the fire. in fact there are several investigations here tonight. authorities want to know how she died, why a man found inside the apartment with her is in critical condition tonight and exactly how that fire started. . >>> windows are busted out of this apartment, howard county firefighters and police officers are on the scene, four kids are in disbelief that their mother has died. >>> always had a smile on her face and she loved her kids, her kids were her world. >> reporter: police have not identified the victims but they do know she had
ABC
Sep 22, 2010 3:05am EDT
berman, abc news. >> you know, i got to say i'm siding with the girl on this one. seems like he'd be a little friendlier to her, refer to his media people to deal with her. she's a college kid trying to get her paper done. >> oh my gosh. you're not going to believe this. >> wait a minute. >> we got an e-mail. we just got an e-mail. sandy, if you could pull up this e-mail to show people what we just got in. from steve jobs. >> steve! harsh! what's going on? >> i'm going to reply. >> really? what are you going to tell mr. jobs if. >> i'm going to say, can i have a new nano? >> oh, man. >> that's what we think is funny around here, just go with it. >> we'll be back. fficult probles for a fortune five hundred company. i can run a successful business. i can manage your home improvements. i can publicize your message. i can motivate your audience. i can put my military experience to work for your company. i can teach your children. i can boost your bottom line. i can add value to your workplace. i can be a loyal and productive employee. but i can't put my skills to work for your organizati
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Sep 20, 2010 3:05am EDT
taken to heaven. mike von fremd, abc news, palmdale, california. >>> now to news we hate to hear in new york, a bedbug infestation has closed the flagship nike town store here in the big apple. as shoppers were turned away over the weekend after the creepy critters were discovered inside. nike is doing everything it can to eradicate the problem and expects the store to reopen soon. bedbug infestations recently closed a fifth avenue clothing store. >> my husband and i were turned away from that store, we saw the sign. scary. >>> ready, set, balance. a mass display of speed and grace. >> more than 100 competitors took to the streets of brussels to see who would be crowned belgium's fastest waiter. each contestant had to carry a tray with three glasses and a bottle of wine in one hand for one and a half miles spilling as little wine as possible. >> came in first place for the second straight year. his prize-winning tip, $500 in cash. >> that's a hard-earned tip. >> i used to be a waiter and that is hard, having spilt an entire bottle and two glasses on a couple before, on a first date.
ABC
Sep 7, 2010 2:05am PDT
some stories to watch today on abc news. president obama proposes some new tax write-offs for businesses that invest in new plants and equipment through the end of the year. >>> also we'll get an update on the progress of construction at new york's world trade center site. nearly nine years after it was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. >>> while those 33 miners in chile wait to be rescued, members of a nasa team will discuss their recent work at the mine site. they have been helping develop a plan for maintaining all those miners' health. >>> and finally this half hour, the amazing story of a patient at a new york hospital and his nurse. >> incredible story here. when that man checked into the hospital, he never could have imagined that while there he would find something he lost a long time ago. here now is jeremy hubbard. >> i love you. >> i love you, too. >> reporter: family circumstance tore them apart. now a miraculous coincidence has brought them back together. >> you did good. >> reporter: when victor peraza came to this new york city hospital two weeks ago, a veteran nur
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Sep 29, 2010 2:05am PDT
day. as general david petraeus explained to martha raddatz of abc news. >> the sanctuaries and safe havens, again, there will have to be more done about them. >> and you're putting pressure on? >> there will have to be more pressure on them, there's no question. >> reporter: especially in light of one other claim made by the captured german, that this latest plot was personally approved by osama bin laden, an indication, if true, that he is still alive and still directly involved in trying to attack the west in a spectacular way. u.s. officials say the threat is considered current and active, that intelligence officials in europe and the u.s. are in constant contact and that president obama has been fully briefed on the threat. brian ross, abc news, new york. >> and between that news and what they said in the hearings last week in front of congress, just incredibly sobering news for the world. really is scary. >> two hours i think in total for the eiffel tower. that's the world's most visited monument. >> wow. >> at this stage they haven't raised the threat level, but i think the re
ABC
Sep 10, 2010 3:05am EDT
she can finally see her daughter again. jim sciutto, abc news, washington. >>> heavy rain from memphis into kentucky and southern illinois. large hail and gusty winds across nebraska, kansas and oklahoma and somealate rain into the dakotas and montana as well as some showers in florida. >>> 91 in miami. 92 in atlanta and 70s from baltimore to boston. 65 in fargo. 70 in minneapolis. and 81 in kansas city. phoenix heats up to 95. sacramento 96. seattle 64. >>> he waited 30 weeks and four days since the saints won the super bowl. and now rob has the first saints victory of the new nfl season. and bragging rights as well. quarterback drew brees hit 27 of his 36 passes last night as the saints beat the vikings, 14-9. >> that's right. who dat. wasn't the prettiest nfl game ever played, that's for sure. plenty of mistakes and penalties by both squads last night. the saints would have won a bit more comfortably, but they had two missed field goals during the game. of course, who dat nation, a win is a win. >> i have a feeling everyone was yelling at the nelson house. >> we were going n
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Sep 1, 2010 5:30pm EDT
be back with more with abc 2 news. stay with us. . >>> all up and down the eastern seaboard are bracing as hurricane earl continues to blaze its way toward the cold front. good evening i'm roosevelt leftwich. north carolina has declared a state of emergency tonight. pristine beaches and crash of breathtaking waivers up and down the atlantic coastline can expect for the next few days. earl is expected to make his way to maryland. north carolina looks like his first stop. that's where t. j. is on hurricane earl's path a holiday weekend for many could go up in the wind. >> reporter: pristine beaches and the crash of breathtaking waves belies what millions up and down the atlantic coastline can expect for the next few days. hurricane earl a massive category 3 storm looms 700 miles south southeast of cape hatteras is on track to brush against the north carolina shoreline late tomorrow or early friday more than, it will then blow northward toward new england. >> it will be faithing end to a summer. >> reporter: for those hoping to close out the summer season basking in the sun earl is
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